Tuesday, May 12 2009
In Crips & Bloods: Made in America, airing as part of Independent Lens, Kumasi's memories of rejection and resentment are typical of his generation.
Thursday, January 29 2009
Stacy Peralta's documentary traces the emergence of gangs in L.A., as well as their contexts and causes.
Thursday, September 25 2008
The nihilistic, morally blurred world of The Shield reflects the inner workings of its characters.
Thursday, September 11 2008
Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.
Sunday, July 20 2008
It’s almost rather brilliant the way the film betrays and sabotages itself as it comes down the home stretch.
Friday, April 11 2008
In Street Kings, Tom (Keanu Reeves) is puffy and surly, Neo if he hadn't met Trinity, Neo unsaved.
Friday, February 22 2008
As Vantage Point becomes increasingly busy with personal betrayals and redemptions, the ostensible politics, reductive to begin with, fall by the wayside.
Wednesday, December 26 2007
The Great Debaters is history by way of Oprah: righteously angry and uplifting, willing to pull a punch when it makes the broader point.
Tuesday, May 8 2007
Detective Vic Mackey kills cops, steals money, and beats suspects. How, then, can the man trying to bring him to justice be the "bad guy"?
Wednesday, April 25 2007
A film that begins with a dream sequence, and ends up like a nightmare that, thankfully, you forget right after you wake up.